All of us have probably driven some country highway and seen homemade signs that proclaim Jesus Christ with a passage of Scripture. It has also been the case that some rather witty pro-God billboards have emerged in cities and towns that attempt to get people to give God some serious thought, like the one I saw in Akron that read, "I Believe in You--God." But in the past few years there have cropped up anti-God/pro-atheist billboard signs that would have caused riots in an earlier day.
Just recently, two of these signs have been vandalized. One of the signs reads, "Are you good without God? Millions are." Someone apparently spray painted an addendum "Also Lost" at the end. And just a couple of days ago, someone apparently tried to pull down a sign with what could only be a pick-up truck and a steel chain. The sign reads, "Don't Believe in God. You are not Alone."
Now I am not here to bash atheists, and please don't send hurtful or antagonistic comments concerning those who profess to be atheists. Most atheists I've met are very respectful of my beliefs and those of us that believe in a God should give them respect and consider what they have to say.
But I do want to pose some questions: Why do some atheists actually want to promote that there is no God? What is gained by such efforts. Why spend the money on such a message? What is the ROI (return on investment)?
Atheists may say that what they are after is tolerance. I would argue that tolerance for atheism is not really a major issue. One could argue that there is as much or more intolerance towards Christians. For example, if a science or philosophy professor at any secular University claims to be an atheist, no big deal. If one claims to be a Muslim or Jew, nobody wants to touch that one either--too politically insensitive. But if one claims to be a Christian, you better have a back-up plan for employment. I've seen it happen first hand.
I am truly curious why the atheist wants others to believe that there is nothing beyond this life? No creator, no meaningful and absolute morality, and no ultimate purpose to our existence. I don't pretend to know the real answer to this and welcome your thoughts.
Perhaps atheists truly believe that belief in a Creator hinders science and a progressive society? Perhaps they feel that "God" is the source of too many wars? Perhaps personal pain or experience has led them to believe that a loving God cannot possibly exist?
Throughout my experiences as a pastor however, I have come to believe that many people choose not to believe in God, not because they think the idea of God is illogical, but because they just don't want to be responsible to God. Responsible to live according to His laws.
God has placed an innate sense of morality and longing for the divine in the human heart. Mankind has always been incurably religious. We have more scientific evidence than ever to back up belief in a Creator and the vast majority of people throughout human history, including the present, believe in a Creator. But for various reasons, some choose to deny this basic instinct. But as to why someone would want to put forth effort to spread "unbelief", is truly curious to me.
Pastor Adam Barton